Granary proudly presents the Irish premiere of
by Sarah Kane
A deeply poetic, intensely provocative theatre production about the limits of love.
Think about getting up it’s pointless.
Think about eating it’s pointless.
Think about dressing it’s pointless.
Think about speaking it’s pointless.
Think about dying only it’s totally fucking pointless.
Safe on the other side and here.
An isolated setting, which could be a clinic or a university, but might just as easily be a prison. Tinker is its absolute ruler. By means of mysteriously effective physical and psychological attacks, he destroys any emotional ties that threaten to develop within his sphere of influence. Is he a power-mad sadist, a metaphysical angel of death, or the henchman of a totalitarian regime? When Grace arrives, looking for traces of her brother, who died here, her unwavering sisterly love attracts Tinker’s dangerous attention.
By contrast to her first two plays, in “Cleansed” Sarah Kane transposes the action and characters from a socially realistic context and describes an ambiguous world in which love can mean both healing and sickness, liberation and pathological dependence. The strict abstraction and concentrated language of the scenes generate a basic existential conflict in the suffering of the characters, something that extends far beyond the privacy of an individual, tragic love story. At the same time, “Cleansed” celebrates the power and beauty of love in poetic images, and as such it is probably Sarah Kane’s most optimistic play.
Tinker – Conor Irwin
Grace – Eadaoin O’Donaghue
Graham – James Brown
Robin – Jill Harding
Carl – Cedric Merillon
Rod – Donal McDonald
Woman – Anarosa De Eizaguirre Butler
Sarah – Michelle Fox
Director – Tony McCleane-Fay
Production Manager- Steve Neale
Music – Andrea Bonino
Film – Peter Gleeson
Costume – Monika McCleane
Stage Manager – Amy Burke
DSM – Derbail Kinsella
Chief Lx – Eoin Winning
Administrator – Maeve Lewis
Marketing – Caolan Gibbons
Assistant to the director – Maura Kinney
Dramaturg – Gabriella Steinberg
Technical – Laura Murphy
Research – Sarah Catherine England
Full Programme available here: Cleansed Programme
Full Bios available here: Cleansed Bios
Co-Producers – Bare Cheek Theatre Company, School of Music & Theatre, UCC
Granary Theatre, 28 November – 8 December at 8pm
(not Sunday 2 December)